Known as the “cowboy state” Wyoming is a true state of the west. The nation’s 10th largest state by area and the least populous, there is plenty of room to get out and explore. Covered in national parks, recreation areas, national monuments, and numerous trails, Wyoming is an ideal place for recreation.
Wyoming is home to two beautiful national parks that provide an endless amount of recreational opportunities. The oldest and one of the nation’s largest, Yellowstone National Park sits in the north western corner of the state. A stunning wilderness covered in geothermal activity, visiting Yellowstone is sure to be an unforgettable experience. An ideal place for wildlife watching, bear, moose, bison, elk, wolves, and a plethora of birds can be viewed in their natural habitat. The famous Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs, along with cascading waterfalls and deep canyons make the park a must see. The park also provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, backpacking, and boating to name just a few.
Situated just south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park boasts even more protected natural wonders. The Teton Mountain Range is the parks most distinguished feature, including Grand Teton Peak at 13,770 feet, providing a superb place for hiking and mountain climbing. The park protects migration patterns and allows animals to roam freely, creating an excellent place for bird and wildlife watching. The two parks are connected by the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial parkway, featuring common characteristic of both areas and offers an abundance of outdoor recreational activities.
Outside of Wyoming’s National Parks there are plenty of other places for recreational activities. Miles and miles of scenic highways are perfect for road cycling, while hundreds of mountain bike trails will suit adrenaline junkies of all kinds. The Killpecker Sand Dunes provide ATV riders with a truly unique experience, while there are numerous other trails for an intense or leisurely ride. In Wyoming, you’ll have no problem finding a place to go horseback riding or get in your harness and go rock climbing. During the winter, the state offers a variety of skiing options. Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding of different levels can be found at numerous resorts around the state. Wyoming has trails for just about any kind of recreation that you can think of.
Wyoming also boasts excellent chances to golf, fish, and hunt. Almost 100 golf courses are located within the state. Jackson Golf & Tennis Club has been consistently rated as Wyoming’s best course by Golf Digest. Wyoming’s high altitude is even said to keep shots in the air for 10 percent longer than a shot made at sea level. If you prefer to cast your line over heading out on the green, the state has over 4000 lakes and thousands of miles of fishable streams to choose from. Yellowstone is one of the most popular spots in the state, but no matter where you go you’ll find there is a wide array of fish to be caught.